The first handbag is handwoven in the Saltillo style by master weaver Erasto ‘Tito” Mendoza. Tito was invited to participate in the Santa Fe International Folk Art Expo this summer. His work is very fine and quite extraordinary. The hand braided strap is 50″ long and the purse body is 9″x10-1/2″ I am offering this bag at $165 plus shipping.
The second bag is a multi-color extravanganza from the Isthmus of Tehuantepec. The bag measures 14″ wide by 11″ long and the strap is 16″. I am offering it at $175 plus shipping.
The third bag is handwoven and naturally dyed by a friend Rocio in Teotitlan del Valle. It is made with palo de campeche dye which is the bark of a tree that yields a soft lavender. It is interwoven with natural gray and white undyed wool. The bag is 10″ x 14″ and has a zipper closure. The leather straps are 26″ long. I am offering this at $85.
The fourth bag is handwoven on a backstrap loom in the village of Santo Tomas Jalieza by the Navarro Gomez Sisters. It is 100% cotton and features figures of deer, eagles and lions, in red, black and yellow. The bag is 10″ x 13″ and the strap is 42″ long making this a very comfortable shoulder bag. It is $55.
The fifth bag is woven at the Bii Dauu Cooperative in Teotitlan del Valle. It has a zipper closure and is made entirely of handspun naturally dyed wool using two shades of cochineal. The bag is 13″ x 10″ and the strap is 27″ long. It is $65.
Cochineal Bag #5 Detail
Bag #5 Cochineal, $65
Sto. Tomas Jalieza Bag Detail
Sto. Tomas Jalieza Bag, $55
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Palo de Campeche Bag, $85
Palo de Campeche Bag Detail
Tehuantepec Bag Detail
Tehuantepec Bag, $175
Tito Mendoza Bag, $165
Tito Bag Detail
I’m not sure about that! Oaxaqueno artists are VERY creative. In Teotitlan del Valle and throughout the Oaxaca Valley master weavers produce extraordinary art pieces that are created from the mere fibers of sheep wool and cotton plants. Designs are intricately detailed, as you can see below. And, even the smallest piece can take hours to create. The detail of the shoulder bag (below left) is in the saltillo weaving style that employs 22 threads per inch. This piece is a combination of naturally dyed wool and silk weft on a cotton warp.
The red piece below is produced on a backstrap loom in the village of Santo Tomas Jalieza, a village off the main road to Ocotlan. It is a must stop, even if you only have time to spend 30 minutes at the central market. Backstrap weaving is women’s work, something Zapotecs have been doing for over 6,000 years. Look at the fine detail of this all cotton shoulder/book bag. It is s very sturdy weave. Love birds and feathered dancers are common images. Look for pieces that are tightly woven using fine threads. They will cost more but endure longer.
These pieces are in my personal collection.
The bag on the right (above) is a fine tapestry weave created by Josefina Mendoza. I took the piece to Luis and Licha at Casa Santiago on Ave. Benito Juarez in Teotitlan and asked them to add a long leather strap and leather gusset. Their leather craftsmanship is exceptional.
The handbag shown below (left) is a very small over-the-shoulder mini-pouch made on a backstrap loom in Jalieza. It is a much finer “sister” to the one shown above left. You can see the detail of the weaving patterns … 3 designs to the row instead of 2 with a lot of intricacy. The bag with the geometric design next to it is 100% silk, and the center wavy row is embellished with silver threads … yes, real silver. I love these two really small bags … they are perfect for holding ID, coins, bills, and a credit card or two.